By: Charlotte Smith
The Elizabethtown Rotary Club heard all about things Southeastern Carolina Crossroads is offering our region and beyond this past Wednesday at their weekly meeting. Executive Director, David Chestnutt, accompanied by Bruce Cannon, Bladen Baptist Association Director explained the benefits of the ministry.
There is a need in Bladen and surrounding counties for a place that offers assistance to men who are dealing with addictions, and a place offering help for their families suffering because of their loved one’s choices. Cannon said, “We began the mission back in 2005 because of all the phone calls we were receiving, because of all families who were dealing with drug and alcohol addiction. It’s been 10 years. We couldn’t be happier to be officially launching on July 1st.”
Cannon introduced Chestnutt as the Executive Director. Chestnutt said, “Our motto is, ‘Help for today and hope for tomorrow’. We are getting phone calls every day now.” According to Chestnutt the ministry targets men 18 years and older dealing with drug and alcohol addictions. The organization will offer a 24 bed facility with a 42 day residential program, followed with a 12 week non-residential program and services to assist family members hurting due to the addictions.
Chestnutt said, “Statistics show a 62% success rate with faith base rehabilitation organizations verses 10% success rate with secular rehabilitation organizations.” When addressing the success of faith based rehabilitation organizations Chestnutt said, “It is because we believe in the Bible verse II Corinthians 5:17.” He paraphrased the verse saying, “Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun.”
Currently they have 7 men in the program. An Open House is being planned for late June or early July according to Chestnutt. For information about Carolina Crossroads, contact Rev. Bruce Cannon at Bladen Baptist Association at 862-3496.
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